Forbidden love, a retired cop, Russian gangsters and secrets from the victims’ pasts converge in Burke’s intricately-plotted, fast-paced fourth (, 2005, etc.).The attractive Ellie makes for a flawed but likeable heroine-smart, good with details, but ultimately capable of an error with devastating consequences.To catch the killer, Ellie must enter a high-tech world of stolen identities where no one is who they appear to be.
But the federal agency seems curiously bent on blocking their murder probe, especially Agent Charlie Dixon and his supervisor.The daughter of a slain police officer, Ellie remains haunted by his death and his department’s refusal to classify it as a homicide at the hands of a serial killer he was investigating.Soon she’s picked to partner on a murder case with Det. Mc Ilroy is after the killer of Louisiana transplant Amy Davis.They soon determine Amy isn’t the only murder victim with a First Date connection.Beautiful writer Caroline Hunter, killed exactly one year before Amy, joined First Date to research a book on online romances.
Expertly plotted and perfectly paced, Dead Connection advances Alafair Burke to the front ranks of American thriller writers. Ellie Hatcher worked low-level robberies until she was whisked to the homicide division and plunged neck-deep into a series of killings in this addictive thriller.